If you take good care of your Phydeaux Designs hand knit accessories, they will last years and years!
For all hand knit/crocheted accessories:
Hand wash in cool or cold water only. Never machine wash, unless explicitly stated.
- Fill a clean sink or basin with water, adding a gentle no-rinse product, like Soak or Eucalan.
- Submerge your Phydeaux Designs accessories in the basin and gently work the water into the accessory fabric.
- Let soak for about 15 minutes.
- Using both hands to support the accessory, lift it out of the water and gently squeeze as much water as possible from the fabric (don’t wring or twist).
- Lay out the accessory flat on top of a big, fluffy towel. Fold in the towel edges over the item, then roll it up (or fold several times).
- Press out more water by pressing the towel (you can even step on it, but gently, please!).
Lay flat to dry.
- Gently remove your accessory from the towel, then lay it out on a flat surface. Ideally, use a blocking board and rust-free pins to pin out the accessory to its original shape. You may also use a blanket or thick towel on the floor (I would cover with a towel if you have foot traffic or pets) or other surface.
- Let air dry completely. Depending on weather and temperature, this can take up to two or three days during the Winter!
- Never machine dry, particularly if your accessory contains animal fiber (which will felt).
A couple of tricks to speed up drying.
- If your accessory is relatively short (e.g., a cowl or neckwarmer or mitts), let dry naturally, pinned out, until barely damp. Then remove from pins. If it holds its shape relatively well, place on top of your dryer while drying clothes (if your dryer’s top is hot, lay it on top of a pillowcase or towel before putting on the dryer). Check on the drying process to make sure you don’t unintentionally shrink or felt your item!
- If your dryer has a sweater shelf attachment, you can use that, with GREAT care. Be sure to fold your item to fit the shelf, after drying to just dampness. Then dry on low heat, gentle cycle (air would be best). Check on the drying process to make sure you don’t unintentionally shrink or felt your item!
Storing your hand knit/crocheted accessory.
- Guess who loves your hand knits even more than you? Yes, indeed, critters. Particularly toothsome moths. Here are a few tips that can help prevent heartbreak.
- First, do be sure to properly store your knits each year. Some knits are perfect for year-round wear. For those that are definitely for colder weather, you must clean your knits before storing. Cleaning your knits removes debris (finger and skin oils, skin cells, lint, etc.) from your accessory. Critters love to eat that debris. The cleaner your garment or accessory is before going into storage, the better chance you have against critters.
- Please don’t store your knits with chemical critter deterrents, like moth balls! The chemicals may react with your knits, yellowing or felting or otherwise adversely affecting the fiber.
- Instead, use natural deterrents, like lavender buds or cedar blocks and chips. An organza bag filled with lavender with cedar chips will not only do a great job scaring away critters, but will also leave your knits smelling wonderful.
- After cleaning your knits, thoroughly dry them, then wrap in acid free tissue paper. You can layer your tissue wrapped knits with little sachets or bags of lavender and cedar.
- If you store in a bin, make sure it’s breathable (that air can flow freely in and out). Sealing up wool or other animal fibers in non-breathable plastic bins or bags will very likely result in yellowed and even felted knits.
Taking your knits out of storage.